Kathleen W. Panagis

Office Location: Norfolk, VA., Richmond, VA.

  • B.A., College of William & Mary
  • J.D., Widener University School of Law
Judicial Clerkship
  • Law Clerk to the late Honorable David T. Stitt, Circuit Court of Virginia, Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, Fairfax, Virginia
Courts & Administrative Bodies
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court: Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court: Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court: Western District of Virginia
Professional & Community Activities
  • Member of the Board of Directors for SEVA-CAI, January 2022-December 2025
  • Member of the Executive Committee for the Board of Directors for SEVA-CAI, January 2022
  • Frequent educational speaker at various SEVA-CAI events
  • Regular author of articles for SEVA-CAI Currents magazine
  • SEVA-CAI Membership Committee Member, 2021-present
  • SEVA-CAI Communications Committee Member, 2020-present
  • SEVA-CAI Programs Committee, Co-Chair, 2018-2019
  • SEVA-CAI Education Subcommittee for CA Day, Co-Chair, 2018
Notable Accomplishments
  • Recipient of Author of the Year Award for SEVA-CAI, December 2021
  • Recipient of Committee of the Year Award for SEVA-CAI (as a Communications Committee member), December 2021
  • Recipient of Volunteer of the Year Award for the Communications Committee for SEVA-CAI, December 2020
  • Recipient of Committee of the Year Award for SEVA-CAI (as a Programs Committee member), December 2018
  • Recipient of Volunteer of the Year Award for the CA Day Committee for SEVA-CAI, December 2017
  • Recipient of Rising Star Award for SEVA-CAI, December 2016

Kathleen Panagis is an attorney at Vandeventer Black LLP, where she is a part of a core team of attorneys dedicated to the firm’s Community Association practice.  With more than a decade of experience, she serves as general counsel to homeowner and condominium associations located in Virginia.  In 2020, Kathleen helped co-create Vandeventer Black’s Open Session webpage, an online resource with curated content for Virginia community associations.  

Kathleen’s practice includes advising boards on various areas of the law, providing guidance on governance, interpreting and drafting amendments to governing documents, preparing administrative and policy resolutions, counseling associations on fair housing matters, negotiating contracts, and conducting tailor-made trainings for associations.

Board of Director Meetings and Member Meetings

Counsel on meeting requirements such as open meetings, executive sessions, quorum, and voting. 

Interpretation of and/or Amendment of Governing Documents

Interpret governing documents, draft amendments to declarations, master deeds, bylaws, articles of incorporation, and/or architectural guidelines, and assist community associations in obtaining requisite approvals for amendments.

Tailored Trainings for Boards of Directors, Committees, and the Association

Conduct trainings on corporate governance, applicable laws and regulations, covenants enforcement procedures, fair housing, and legislative updates.

Contract Negotiations

Review, draft, and negotiate contracts on behalf of community associations, including, professional management company contracts, service contracts (e.g., trash, pool, landscaping, etc.), licensing agreements, easement agreements, and settlement and release agreements.

Litigation and Covenant Enforcement

Provide support for litigation matters involving community associations, including injunctive relief and covenant enforcement. 

Dedicated Member of SEVA-CAI

Kathleen is an active member in the Southeastern Virginia Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (“SEVA-CAI”). She frequently teaches at chapter events and regularly authors articles for SEVA-CAI’s Currents publications.  Kathleen serves as a member of SEVA-CAI’s Board of Directors and serves on the chapter’s executive board. 

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